Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View comments Also in that list are WBO champ Terence Crawford, WBC titlist Shawn Porter and WBA super champion Keith Thurman.Spence successfully retained his IBF crown over Garcia via a unanimous decision. Judges scored the 12-round bout 120-107, 120-108, 120-108.Pacquiao is the WBA regular champion, having wrested it from Lucas Matthysse last July in Kuala Lumpur, and defended it over Adrien Broner last January.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Pacquiao was at ringside Saturday evening and saw for himself how Spence scored a convincing decision over Mikey Garcia at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.When Spence invited him to the ring after the fight, for possible square off in July, Pacquiao gamely quipped “Why not? We will give the fans a good fight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I’m so happy to be here in Dallas and I’m hoping I will be back here soon,” added Pacquiao.Spence said: “He (Pacquiao) is a legend of the sport. He’s broken records here before, it would be my honor to fight him next.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In the absence of a clear indication from Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao just might settle for Errol Spence Jr. as his next foe.It may not necessarily be the big blockbuster fight the 40-year-old Pacquiao is chasing this late in his career, but it will prove that the Filipino global superstar is ready to take on anybody.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Mayweather was also there and had a brief encounter with Pacquiao.The meet-up only added to the buzz surrounding the prospects of a rematch, which at this point could be the biggest thing in boxing.Mayweather triumphed in their clash on May 2015, a victory by unanimous decision before the Filipino later on admitted to fighting with an injured shoulder.Pacquiao earlier said he would like to fight either May or July with whoever his promotions outfit Premier Boxing Champions puts in front of him.Spence is just one of the many young, skillful and hungry welterweights around wanting a piece of Pacquiao in a megabuck fight.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title UST stretches streak
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says it finds it baffling that an entity which constantly cries of being bankrupt found it necessary to stand the security services expenses of a former employee.Patricia Chase GreenFormer Mayor Hamilton Green will continue to enjoy the protection of the City Constabulary at his D’Urban Backlands, Greater Georgetown residence after the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) voted in favour of the proposal.Former Mayor Hamilton GreenThis is despite the fact that not all Councillors were in agreement with this decision amid the claims that City Hall was cash strapped.During a news conference on Monday, PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee strongly criticised the decision, explaining that it was illogical for the taxpayers to continue to pay for the security services of another citizen who was of no service to them.“(The Mayor Patricia Chase Green) has publicly stated that “without any apologies to anyone” ,she sees no reason why a bankrupt City Council should not continue to pay a security service to protect the residence of Hamilton Green, a former Mayor of Georgetown…,” Rohee outlined as he questioned how City Hall intended to continue to finance this venture.He pointed out that the PPP Councillor had objected to the proposal on this very basis.“He opposed the request on the ground that Green is now employed at the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) and that Agency should take care of such expenses, since in any case, Georgetown citizens were told that the Council is broke. So where is the money to come from to finance the security for Green’s residence? How much is it costing taxpayers?” Rohee questioned.The General Secretary argued that this decision was another reflection of the lack of transparency and accountability with respect to the revenues, income and expenditure of City Council.Chase Green had defended her decision to move the motion for continued security services on the grounds that her predecessor served in that capacity for some 20 years.She also explained that in 1994 when Green was elected as Mayor of the city of Georgetown, he was then receiving security from the National Guard Service. She said an agreement was subsequently made between the then Commissioner of Police and the then Town Clerk that instead of being afforded the service of the national Police and City Council, he would just be afforded the services of one or the other.
In 2014, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone experienced the worst and the largest Ebola outbreak in modern history. The outbreak has claimed over 11,000 lives (WHO, 2014). Even more, it has destroyed the livelihoods of thousands of people. It has undermined most of the gains made in the last decade in poverty reduction. This means that more and more people are at risk of hunger and disease. The crisis has resulted in negative income growth in the three countries. Most projects have been shutdown and unemployment is on the increase. This is really scary…The outbreak is a clear indicator that the gap between the rich and poor is deepening. As WHO Director-General, Dr. Chan points out, “the outbreak spotlights the dangers of the world’s growing social and economic inequalities. The rich get the best care. The poor are left to die” (WHO, 2014). Dr. Chan further contended that when a deadly and dreaded virus hits the destitute and spirals out of control, the whole world is put at risk. Our 21st century societies are interconnected, interdependent and electronically wired together as never before (WHO, 2014). This means that any outbreak small or large may have the potential to put the whole world at risk. This became clear when the virus hit Nigeria and other powerful western nations. Thankfully, this triggered a massive international response. As a result, millions of lives were saved. This shows the power of “global solidarity”. Global solidarity binds the rich to the poor as one human family. Thanks to Allah, the outbreak is almost defeated. Liberia is Ebola-free, and both Guinea and Sierra Leone are on the right pathways to becoming Ebola-free. But what next? The BIG question is, how can we get things back on track?The Hard Fact: There will be no “Marshall Plan” for Ebola-affected countries. If any, it is reasonable to argue that due to the current slowdown in the global economy, and the huge refugee crisis in Europe the likelihood of a Marshall Plan for Ebola-affected countries is very slim. Given this, West Africans themselves will have to think creatively about how to get things back on track. To be honest, there are many ways out. So, before I proceed, I must acknowledge the excellent and massive community engagement at the grassroots levels in the fight against the EBOLA virus. Interestingly, we can transform that spirit of community engagement into a campaign to promote sanitation and waste management in order to prevent another outbreak.Again, what next? It is time we think beyond the Ebola outbreak. The outbreak has created a stigma that has the potential to undermine the recovery process. In addition, it could further isolate the region socially and economically, if nothing is done. It is time we tap into our rich tourism sector. Liberia has so many beautiful and natural places that tourists would love and so do Guinea and Sierra Leone. For example, the beautiful beaches in Grand Cape Mount and the amazing waterfalls in Bong County, and the list goes on. But sadly, the industry has been poorly managed and marketed in the region. So, I am writing to propose the Mano River Solidarity Tourism Campaign. The campaign will promote tourism and volunteer engagement in the region. In order to give the campaign a momentum and attract global attention, our leaders will have to get back on the phones and call prominent world figures and celebrities. For example, if President Sirleaf calls Global Rock Star and Activist Bono and Oprah Winfrey to help give the campaign momentum, no doubt they will definitely respond to her call. This is not about President Sirleaf. It is about Liberia and the region. In fact, I must admit she played an outstanding motherly role in defeating the virus. Because she cried and cried for HELP: My people are dying! My people are dying! My people are dying! Interestingly, this caught the attention of everyone everywhere, including President Obama. But getting things back on track is the biggest challenge for the governments and peoples of the three worst affected countries. Even more interestingly, Senator George Weah can use his fame and President Alpha Condé can also do the same. The campaign will break the stigma of the deadly Ebola outbreak in the region – Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone. Solidarity tourism will help boost the local economies. For example, I am sure, hundreds of university students in developed countries will be motivated to volunteer in places like Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone. In fact, the growing middle-class in most African countries is another market to target. I am certain, if well planned and managed it will attract thousands of tourists and ultimately boost investors’ confidence. Thinking creatively is the best way out… There will be no Marshall Plan for Ebola-affected countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Judicial Service Commission…as one-year anniversary of end of last JSC approachesAlmost a year after the life of the last Commission came to an end, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon is of the belief that the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) will soon be reconstituted.The Minister spoke about the Commission during a post-Cabinet press briefing on Monday. According to Harmon, it is something that Government is actively looking to have reconstituted.“That is something that is receiving active consideration,” Harmon revealed, when asked about the JSC. “As you know we only recently appointed some persons who will serve on the Commission.”“The Public Service Commission, the Chairman of that Commission actually serves on the Judicial Service Commission as well. And I believe very shortly we’ll get that done,” he said.This is a reference to Patrick Yarde, who was sworn in last year as the acting Public Service Commission Chairman. Other ex-officio members of the JSC had included acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, as well as Justices Prem Persaud and Lennox Perry.One of the most important functions of the JSC is making recommendations to fill vacancies within the Judiciary. In February 2016, the then JSC had recommended that High Court Judges, Justices Rishi Persaud and Dawn Gregory be appointed to the Court of Appeal. It also recommended that Attorneys Sandil Kissoon and Damone Younge be appointed Puisne Judges.In July, Rishi Persaud was elevated to serve in the Court of Appeal. Attorneys Simone Morris-Ramlall, Younge, Kissoon and Gino Persaud were appointed Puisne Judges.Article 128 (1) of the Constitution provides that Judges, other than the Chancellor and Chief Justice, are appointed by the President “who shall act in accordance with the advice of the Judicial Service Commission.”Article 128 (2) also provides that “the President shall act in accordance with the advice of the Judicial Service Commission and appoint a person to act in the office of Justice of Appeal or Puisne Judge, as the case may be.”There is leeway for the President, however, in Article 111 (1), which states: “In the exercise of his functions under this Constitution or any other law, the President shall act in accordance with his own deliberate judgement except in cases where, by this Constitution or by any other law, he is required to act in accordance with the advice or on the recommendation of any person or authority.”Subsection two states, “Whereby this Constitution the President is directed to exercise any function on the advice or recommendation of any person or authority, he may, in accordance with his own deliberate judgement, once refer any such advice or recommendation back for reconsideration by the person or authority concerned.”It goes on to state that “if that person or authority, having reconsidered the original advice or recommendation, substitutes therefor a different advice or recommendation, as the case may be, the President shall act in accordance therewith; but save as aforesaid he shall act in accordance with the original advice or recommendation.”The last JSC expired on September 30, 2017 and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has been critical of the impasse. In a post on social media, he had stated: “Once again, the burden is mine to remind them that there is currently no properly constituted Judicial Service Commission. This position has obtained for several months now. So, as result of this constitutional vacuum, no judges or magistrate can be appointed.”
For further information on the Emperor’s Challenge visit www.emperorschallenge.com Gold finisher’s medals are presented to those finishing in under two hours, silver for those in under three hours, and bronze medals for the rest of the finishers. In 2009 for the first time there will be age-group awards as well with categories for 18 and under, 19–34, 35-49, 50-64, and 65 and over.Kids are catered to through tough races of their own, of one fifth or one tenth the adult distance (4.2 or 2.1 kilometres). A festive atmosphere prevails at the finish, with a marquis, massages, refreshments, awards ceremony and much more. The event is spectator friendly, and telescopes are trained on the upper reaches of the mountain to see who heads off it first.The start and finish are at the Core Lodge, 35 kilometres south of Tumbler Ridge. The highest point is on the mountain summit, some 2000 feet above. It may seem hard to believe, but many say that the brand new Babcock Mountain course has even finer features than its predecessor. It passes through entrancing rocky scenery, right over the summit, and through the valley that bisects the mountain, past alpine tarns, with glorious views of Roman Mountain and the northern Rockies on a fine day. The incline is never quite as steep as on the old route, but this translates into a constant uphill battle for the first sixty percent of the race, which super-fit runners may possibly be able to do without walking. Osaduik’s 2007 record time of 1:28:45, and Stephanie Mills’ 2004 women’s record of 1:48:12 may be up for grabs.“Run with the Goats, Cruise with the Caribou, and Trot with the Ptarmigan,” and be a part of this great event, or just come out and watch, and celebrate the achievements of all those who rise to the Emperor’s Challenge,Advertisement **SubmittedThe 2009 Emperor’s Challenge Mountain Run is gearing up to be the most brutally exciting event in the eleven year history of the race, with the news that both Kris Swanson and Steve Osaduik will be returning. “The world’s toughest and most beautiful half marathon” takes place each August in some of the finest scenery in North America, south of Tumbler Ridge.- Advertisement -Swanson has stamped his mark on the race since its inception in 1999, with a staggering nine Emperor’s trophies to his credit. This stands as one of the greatest achievements in the history of mountain running in Canada. The only time he temporarily forfeited his crown was in 2007, to Osaduik, who had recently triumphed in the Canadian Half Marathon.Now these Titans are set to slog it out on the tundra on a completely new route, over Babcock Mountain. It is anyone’s bet how Swanson’s mountain running skills and mastery of the soft alpine surface will fare against Osaduik’s phenomenal speed and endurance on the road. One thing is evident: two of Canada’s finest athletes will be on Babcock Mountain when the race begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday August 8th.At the other end of the spectrum, most participants will simply respond to the challenge and try to finish the twenty-one kilometers within the allotted five hours by jogging or walking. Already there have been around two hundred advance registrations, pointing to another bumper field in what has become the biggest wilderness running event in north-western Canada.The youngest participant for the full distance has been ten, and the oldest eighty-two. Twenty-eight adults and seven kids have received their coveted “in perpetuity” numbers for completing five Emperor’s Challenges. Another twenty-eight adults and four kids are potentially eligible to receive this honour in 2009.Advertisement
The incident occurred in the 10,000 block of 105th Avenue. RCMP are continuing to investigate and are working with the B.C. Coroner’s Service to determine precisely what happened.The name of the deceased is not being released at the request of family.Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement –
“Jack and Meddie… I think the pressure of chasing for the golden boot is telling. Maybe it’s time to just give them a break,” Kerr said after his side’s 2-1 come-from-behind win over Western Stima at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Wednesday evening.Tuyisenge didn’t have as much action infront of goal on Wednesday, having just one effort at goal, which however went off target. Meddie on the other side had several attempts at goal, but he could not get the 12th goal of the season to join Tuyisenge.The Rwandese forward, who joined K’Ogalo in January last year from Rwandese side Police FC for a record Sh4m, has categorically stated his ambition to vie for the golden boot with Gor already having wrapped the league hunt.Nakumatt FC striker Kepha Aswani celebrates after scoring hjis second goal during the team’s 2-0 win over Posta Rangers at the Ruaraka Complex on September 9, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaWith three games remaining, he hopes to score at least two goals to shake off from Aswani.Meanwhile, Kerr was left furious and frustrated with Gor Mahia’s performance against Western Stima where they came from a goal down to win 2-1, but survived a few scares that would have otherwise seen them finish on the losing end.Kerr described the performance as lethargic and blamed it on a lazy approach by the players as they had already wrapped up the fight for the league title.“The first half was rubbish and not acceptable. I didn’t go in at half time because I needed to calm down. I wasn’t happy with the performance but that’s the way I am; I am passionate about my job and if they don’t want to play like I want them to play, I will bring people who will do that for me,” the tactician noted.But even in the midst of the angering performance, Kerr was impressed with the way third choice keeper Shabaan Odhoji played despite it being his first match of the season.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr shares words with striker Meddie Kagere during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 7, 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOULUI said to him this week that I am not playing him because we have won the league and the other two needed to rest, but I was playing him because he deserved it. His attitude and character in training has been superb. He is a diamond and he proved it with good saves in the match,” the coach noted.Gor will be awarded with their trophy on the final match of the season on November 18 in Kisumu and before then, they have away ties to Zoo Kericho and Kakamega Homeboyz.However, Kerr is uncertain whether or not he will rotate his squad to give a chance to players who are yet to play this season as he wants the team to keep the winning mentality and ensure a strong finish.Against Stima, he made only two changes, Odhoji starting in goal while defender Joash Onyango started in defense in the absence of Harun Shakava who was out injured. Other players who made rare appearances included left back Mike Simiyu and winger Boniface Omondi.Heading to this weekend’s tie against Zoo Kericho, Kerr will be forced to make changes with Geoffrey Walusimbi and Musa Mohammed out due to suspension.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia Jacques Tuyisenge celebrates a goal in a past match with Meddie Kagere. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 2- The Gor Mahia pair of Jacques Tuyisenge and Meddie Kagere’s ambition of earning the 2017 Kenyan Premier League golden boot might be slowed down with head coach Dylan Kerr hinting he may rest the duo as he says they are under pressure.Tuyisenge is joint top on the scorers’ chart with Nakumatt’s Kepha Aswani with 12 goals while Kagere sits joint second with Sofapaka’s Umaru Kassumba and Kariobangi Sharks’ Massoud Juma all who have 11.
0Shares0000French World Cup star Thomas Lemar looks set to quit Monaco and join Atletico Madrid, the two clubs revealed on Tuesday © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONPARIS, France, Jun 12 – French World Cup star Thomas Lemar looks set to quit Monaco and join Atletico Madrid, the two clubs revealed on Tuesday.“Atletico de Madrid and AS Monaco have achieved a preliminary agreement over the transfer of Thomas Lemar to our club,” for the definitive transfer,” the Spanish club said of the 22-year old. “Over the next days, both clubs will work to close the agreement,” the Madrid club said of the attacking midfielder usually deployed on the left.The slightly built Lemar looked set to join Arsenal a year ago but Monaco pulled out of the potential £92-million (100 million euros) deal after selling a string of other stars.Lemar was also tipped to join Liverpool as they seek to replace Philippe Coutinho.A source close to the deal told AFP the transfer fee would be around 75 million euros, with the Guadeloupe-born player’s contract running out in 2020.He joined Monaco from French top flight club Caen for 4m euros in 2015.“In the last season, Lemar has continued to show his quality,” Atletico said on their website. In fact he played 35 games for Monaco, showing his best form at the latter end of the season.Didier Deschamps left many top stars out of his World Cup squad but kept faith with Lemar, who scored recently for France in a win over Colombia and bagged a brace last year against the Dutch.Lemar played down a move ahead of setting off for the World Cup saying: “There’s no news. I’m just concentrating on the World Cup”.Having made a run to the Champions League semis and won the French title in 2017, Monaco sold Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva to Manchester City, Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea, and let teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe leave for Paris Saint Germain.Monaco’s Brazilian midfielder Fabinho will join Liverpool following the World Cup finals in Russia as Monaco cash in again.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
“My house isn’t red,” he joked. “It’s grayish blue.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He was crazy,” Johnson said. “The thing was ripping my house apart.” Johnson called police, who called the state Department of Agriculture. They suggested finding the farmer who owns the animal. Eventually, a neighbor was able to lure the bull away with a bag of grain, and led the animal back to its pasture. Johnson said he’s planning to talk to the bull’s owner about getting his house repaired. He said he has no idea what caused the bull to become so aggressive. KILLINGLY, Conn. – An escaped and raging bull attacked a neighbor’s home, tearing off siding, ripping down part of a fence and damaging a car. Wayne Johnson said he found the bull in his yard Friday morning. It had wandered in from a nearby farm. While he watched, the bull repeatedly charged his house, tore off clapboards, flipped a picnic table, rammed his car and tore down part of the fence around his swimming pool, he said.
WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday slapped down California’s bid for first-in-the-nation greenhouse gas limits on cars, trucks and SUVs, denying a request for a waiver that would have allowed those restrictions to take effect. “The Bush administration is moving forward with a clear national solution – not a confusing patchwork of state rules,” EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson told reporters on a conference call. “I believe this is a better approach than if individual states were to act alone.” The long-awaited decision amounted to a serious setback for California and 16 other states seeking the new car regulations to achieve their anti-global warming goals. The tailpipe standards California adopted in 2004 would have forced automakers to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in new cars and light trucks by 2016, with the cutbacks beginning in the 2009 model year. By 2016, California’s law would require passenger cars and some small sport utility vehicles and trucks to reach 43.7 miles per gallon. Most pickups, SUVs and larger vehicles would need to achieve 26.9 mpg by 2016. Johnson said Congress’ approach of reaching a fleetwide average of 35 mpg would be better than a “partial state-by-state approach” that would achieve 33.8 mpg. But environmental groups questioned Johnson’s reasoning, noting that California’s standards would be higher a full four years ahead of the congressional action and the federal 35 mpg was minimum requirement that future administrations could exceed. “Mr. Johnson compared the California standard for 2016 with the new floor for the CAFE standard for 2020. This is fundamentally misleading,” said David Doniger, director of the climate center for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Wednesday’s decision was further confirmation of the Bush administration’s adamant opposition to mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions, even after a string of court decisions affirming the right of states and the federal government to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. It was the first time the EPA had fully denied California a Clean Air Act waiver since Congress gave California the right to obtain such waivers in 1967. California had been waiting for the decision for two years but EPA put off a decision while a Supreme Court case was pending on whether the agency could regulate greenhouse gases. In April of this year, the Supreme Court said it could. — Associated Press writer Samantha Young in Sacramento contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Under the Clean Air Act, the state needed a federal waiver to implement the rules. “It is disappointing that the federal government is standing in our way and ignoring the will of tens of millions of people across the nation. We will continue to fight this battle,” said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “California sued to compel the agency to act on our waiver, and now we will sue to overturn today’s decision and allow Californians to protect our environment.” Twelve other states – Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington – have adopted the California emissions standards, and the governors of Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Utah have said they also plan to adopt them. With Wednesday’s denial, those other states are also prevented from moving forward. In explaining his decision, Johnson cited energy legislation approved by Congress and signed into law Wednesday by President Bush. The law requires automakers to achieve an industrywide average fuel efficiency for cars, SUVs and small trucks of 35 miles per gallon by 2020 – the first increase in the federal requirement in 32 years.